Obituaries

Carol Ann Dickerson

Palmer resident and former Homer resident Carol Ann Dickerson, 62, died peacefully in her home Oct. 18, 2013. 

Carol was inspired by Alaska’s natural beauty. Her richly detailed, hand-drawn posters identified Alaska wildflowers, wildlife, and wild berries. She worked with acrylic paints in a watercolor style with delicate brush strokes and attention to detail. Carol’s originals and limited edition prints now hang in countless homes in Alaska, the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau, across the Pacific Northwest and around the world. 

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway, 75, formerly of Homer, died Nov. 3, 2013, in Anchorage with her family at her side.

Rachel was born April 26, 1938, in Pomeroy, Wash., to Warren and Wilma McCann. She graduated from McLaughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore., and completed her nurse’s training at Deaconess in Spokane, Wash. Rachel married the love of her life, Leroy, in 1962 and they moved to Alaska in 1969. She agreed to move for three years. After six years they sold their cherry orchard in Oregon and when they finally moved, 35 years later, it was to Wasilla.

Beulah Jane “BJ” Johnson

Former Homer resident Beulah Jane “BJ” (Falter) Johnson, 80, died Oct. 22, 2013, at Ray Hickey Hospice in Vancouver, Wash.

She was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Fordville, N.D., to Percy Kenneth Falter and Irene Elizabeth Walsh. She was the oldest of four children. 

Lloyd Abeldgaard

Former Homer resident Lloyd Abeldgaard, 73, died on Oct. 9, 2013, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born Sept. 24, 1940, in McIntosh, Minn.

“Lloyd was known for his kind heart, his ability to fix just about anything, his love for his family and his talent at playing the guitar. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him,” his family said. 

Danielle Nagle

Homer resident Danielle (Danièle Vuilleumier) Nagle, 52, died on Oct. 12, 2013, in Homer after a long battle with cancer.

Private services were held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Danielle was born July 9, 1961, and raised in Beaumont Bienne, Bern, Switzerland. She lived in a variety of places in Europe and the United States, but eventually settled in Homer to raise a family.

Nikki Marie Geragotelis (Fry)

Nikki Geragotelis, 30, died unexpectedly on Oct. 10, 2013, at her home in Homer.  

Nikki was born at South Peninsula Hospital on May 19, 1983, to Bill and Dorothy Fry. 

“She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend,” her family said.

A service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Bear Creek Bottling Plant, 60473 Bear Creek Drive, just up the road from the Bear Creek Winery. All who knew and loved Nikki are welcome. 

Douglas Blossom

Ninilchik Alaskan Pioneer, Mr. Doug Blossom, 74, died from an aneurism on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Anchorage with his family by his side. 

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Carol Bock Hall inside the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.  Pastor Ray Leonard will officiate.  Everyone is invited.  Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Brian, Brad, Boomer, David, Grant and Cody Blossom and Billy and Jared Duncan.  

Harvey Haynes

Former Ninilchik resident and charter captain Harvey Haynes, 78, died Oct. 4, 2013, from complications from spinal cancer surgery. His family said he died at home, where he wanted to be.

“Though the last month was rough, he felt comfort being surrounded by those he loved,” his family said.

A celebration of life is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Valley Funeral Home, 151 E. Herning Ave., Wasilla.

Harvey Haynes was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Alabama to Jack and Flossie Haynes.

George Raymond Evarts

George Raymond Evarts, known as “Papa Ray” to his family and friends, died Sept. 24, 2013, in Medford, Ore., where he lived the past two years. His family said he passed away peacefully.

Evarts was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Salmon, Idaho. He moved to Oregon, found and married his life-long mate  of 64 years, Patricia Lorraine Randolph. 

Janet Dolores Hines Castle

Janet Dolores Hines Castle, 56, of Wasilla, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at home. A celebration of life was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Wasilla Assembly of God, 125 W. Riley off Knik Goose Bay Road. Dr. Lattis Campbell officiated.

A service also will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Oak Lake Baptist Church in Sugarland, Texas.

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova 

March 14, 1920 - Sept. 14, 2013

Longtime Kenai resident Leda Evanovna Shadura Schmidt Taradonova, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

A panikhida service was at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held in Seattle, Wash. and she will be buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.

Robert Hyde Moss

Robert Hyde Moss

Nov. 23, 1922 – Sept. 17, 2013

Longtime Homer resident Robert (Bob) Moss died Sept. 17, 2013, in Homer.  He was 90.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Bob and his wife, Carol, who preceded him in death, on Sunday, Sept. 29 in the basement of the Bidarka Inn from 4-6 p.m. The family invites you all to come, peel a shrimp, have a bite and share a memory.

Albert Koepfli

Albert Koepfli

Oct. 8, 1930-May 4, 2013

Albert Koepfli died in his sleep on May 4, 2013, in Helena, Mont.

Al was born in Seattle, Wash., (King County) in the Swedish Hospital on Oct. 8, 1930. He lived in Bellingham, Wash., raising horses. In 1973, Al moved to Homer and his first place of residence was at the historical Tandoo cabin. He later moved and lived in Larry Slavins’ two-story log cabin with Hobo Jim and Annie Vogel.

Frank Andrew Hatfield

Frank Andrew Hatfield, 59, died suddenly Sept. 4, 2013. Born Aug. 5, 1954, Frank grew up in Homer. After working on the Alaska Pipeline, he worked for Homer Electric Association as his father, Fred, and brother, John, had done. He moved to Washington state in 1984. It was there he met the love of his life, Sandy. Their son, Bruce, came along shortly after that and completed their family. After moving to North Carolina, Frank began a career making use of his loving and caring spirit, working for Life Span. His clients became his second family.

Connie Nadine Smith

Homer resident Connie Nadine Smith, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at her home.

Memorial services will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Many Rivers, about a half mile down East End Road on the left hand side. Her ashes will be spread in Eldred Passage at the mouth of Sadie Cove.

Raphael Terry “Ataaka Raphadeelio” Dumont

Raphael “Ataaka-Raphadeelio” Terry Dumont died Aug. 18, 2013. He was born Jan. 27, 2013, to his parents, Coty and Ephimia Dumont. Funeral Services were held on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, by Reverand Father Michael Trefon at St. Herman Orthodox Church in Port Graham.

“Raphael was very smart: he learned fast and enjoyed it,” his family said. “He was loving: he loved hugs and kisses. He was silly: he loved to laugh and play and throw his toys far. He enjoyed having visitors, although he was Momma’s boy.

Anthony Damek McAllistar Guerra

Anthony Damek McAllistar Guerra, 9, went to be with the Lord at 9 a.m. Aug. 2, 2013, after drowning at Bishop’s Beach on July 25. A celebration of his life is at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, 2013, at Bishop’s Beach, the beach he loved so much.

“Anyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us the life of our amazing guy,” his mother, Katie Brock, said.

Mark Joseph Yohman

A potluck  celebration of  the life of Mark Yohman is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the Kenai Landings restaurant on Cannery Road (off Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. Bring your favorite yohdog story to tell.

“It’s a great day in a great land,” he always said.

Thomas Wilson “Tom” Temple

Thomas Temple passed away at Alaska Regional Hospital on June 6, 2013, from complications related to his heart transplant. Now that fishing season is over, a memorial will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Homer at Alice’s Champagne Palace. For questions, please feel free to contact his daughter, Reba Temple, at rebamaetemple@gmail.com. A full obituary was published in the June 20, 2013, Homer News.

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